25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas:
Advent Reflections for those who Wait, Watch, and Wonder Once More
Compiled and composed by Stephen A. Macchia
Promise #15 – the Messiah will be preceded by a forerunner (Isaiah 40: 3-5 and Matthew 3:1-3; Luke 3:1-6). A voice in the wilderness calling forth, “Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.” John the Baptist urged and invited all within earshot to open their heart and prepare for the coming Messiah. Repentance was his singular message, the waters of baptism were his mode of response, but it was their hearts he was reaching for the Kingdom of heaven. It’s always about the heart, first and foremost, and then our words and will. The voices of our commercial and competitive world are calling your name. What voices captivate your heart the most, and how will those voices point you to back the Messiah Jesus?
Throughout this holy season, may you and yours…Behold the fulfilled promises of Almighty God ~ Believe the Gospel proclamation of Good News in the incarnate Jesus ~ Belong to those who anticipate the coming Messiah with joyful celebration ~ Become a faithful disciple who waits, watches, and wonders with Spirit-filled anticipation once more!